A crucial game tomorrow in front of the Sky cameras, as play-off chasers Cardiff welcome aut0matic-promotion chasers Brighton. Both teams will be needing the 3 points to close and extended the gap within the top 7 places; a win for Cardiff puts them 2 points outside the play-offs, while a win for the Seagulls takes them into the automatic promotion places, and extends the gap to 7th to 12 points.
Shola Ameobi will be banned from the game, after picking up 2 yellow cards in the draw last week at Charlton. Idris Saadi and Craig Noone are both ruled out for this game, but Sean Morrison could return after recovering from a knee injury. Noone and Anthony Pilkington are the joint top-scorers with 5 goals.
FACT; Cardiff have only lost once at home all season, joint best with Hull and Sheffield Wednesday, and can make it 12 unbeaten in a row at home on Saturday.
Beram Kayal has been given the green light, after an injury scare from Tuesday night, with Liam Rosenior in contention for a starting place. Gordon Greer is set to be included in the squad, as well as James Wilson but both are unlikely to start the game. Tomer Hemed is still Albion’s top scorer on 8 goals after Tuesday draw.
FACT; Brighton share the best away record in England with Everton, Tottenham and Walsall (1L)
Earlier In The Season: BHAFC - CCFC (3/10/15);
It finished 1-1 at the AMEX back in October. Joe Mason gave the Bluebirds an early 5 minute lead, but a leveller from Dale Stephens just before half-time shared the points, which extended Brighton’s unbeaten run to 10 games.
After the draw in October it’s now 9 games unbeaten for the Seagulls over Cardiff, a record which stretches back to October 2005 (2W, 7D). There has been 5 draws in the last 6 games between the 2, and I wouldn’t expect anything dissimilar on Saturday; either a score-draw like last time or one of them to hold their nerve and pick up a vital 3 points by the odd goal.
Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Calderon;
Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy;
Cardiff 1-1 Brighton